TRIO Student Support Services

For over 30 years, the TRIO Student Support Service (SSS) Program at Big Bend Community College has had the pleasure of serving many students by providing academic guidance, as well as providing students the opportunity to participate in social, cultural, and career-related activities.

The TRIO SSS Program is designed to assist and encourage students to aspire to achieve their goals and successfully complete their degree program.  Our team is committed to assisting students with a smooth transition to the next step in their education or career, and mapping out the pathway for a successful future.  The TRIO-SSS Team assists students in overcoming the challenges and barriers of higher education while giving students the support they need to accomplish their goals.

Big Bend Community College’s TRIO Student Support Services Program is a federally funded Title IV program designed to help students find success in college.  One hundred percent of the program funding ($281,462) provides services to 190 eligible students each grant cycle. TRIO SSS students benefit from academic support, progress monitoring, success workshops, and academic, transfer, and career advising.

The goal of the TRIO SSS Program is to provide support and help motivate first generation, low income, and/or students with disabilities to attain their educational goals, graduate and/or transfer to an institute of higher education. 

Program Services

  • Academic tutoring
  • Postsecondary course selection
  • Info on Federal Aid & Scholarships
  • FAFSA Application Completion
  • Financial and Economic Literacy Education and/or Counseling
  • Activities to support/increase four-year transfers
  • Individual counseling – personal, career, and academic matters
  • Career information/activities/instruction
  • Exposure to cultural events & academic programs not usually available to students
  • Mentoring program 
  • Temporary housing during breaks in the academic year – homeless/foster youth
  • Other activities designed to meet the purpose of SSS project goals in CFR 646.1




TRIO SSS Contact

Building 1400

Room 1427 & Room 1427A

TRIO SSS  Faculty/Staff

Elizabeth Valle

Valle, Elizabeth

TRIO SSS Academic Advisor
(509) 793-2082
Jasmine Evangelista-Martinez

Evangelista-Martinez, Jasmine

TRIO SSS Academic Advisor
(509) 793-2041
Early Achievers instructor, Astrid Chen

Chen, Astrid

TRiO SSS Academic Advisor
(509) 793-2042
Noyola Mackenzie

Noyola, Mackenzie

TRIO SSS Academic Advisor
(509) 793-2083
Cheryl Brischle

Brischle, Cheryl

TRIO SSS Program Assistant
(509) 793-2040
Veronica Guadarrama

Guadarrama, Veronica

Director of TRIO Student Support Services
(509) 793-2039
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